The underwater world in Disney’s Finding Nemo is full of cheerful, charismatic creatures.
In a whimsical nod to popular culture, scientists looked at the mythical ecosystem inhabited by Nemo and his friends and decided to see how their real-world counterparts were faring.
It turned out that surviving in a non-Pixar sea, was a lot tougher.
According to their study, 16% of the species associated with characters in Finding Nemo faced the threat of extinction.
“Our research highlights how very little we know about many of these animals,” said Dr Loren McClenachan, who led the research.
“It’s unthinkable that the characters in Finding Nemo could become extinct, but this is the reality unless we pay more attention to the diversity of marine life.”
Māui dolphins – New Zealand’s own Nemo
Māui dolphins are New Zealand’s own Nemo – unique, charismatic, incredibly hard to find, and in serious trouble…
This month our Finding Māui campaign aims to take the Māui message to the masses.
Everyone needs to be equipped with accurate information on the dolphins and how to report sightings.
We’ll be blitzing our own social media accounts with #FindingMaui blog posts, facts, photos, quotes and more.
We’d love for you to share these with your social networks and contribute your own content to the conversation too.
Together, let’s get behind #FindingMāui. We want make 2015/16 a record breaking summer of sightings.
Like Nemo, Māui deserve to live happily ever after.